Welsh "ragga metal" act SKINDRED has released the following statement:
"To our U.S. fans and family,
"It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of our upcoming U.S. run this May (supporting our friends SEETHER, and appearances at numerous festivals). Due to circumstances far beyond our control, we have been forcibly cornered into a position which has left us unable to fulfil our scheduled touring commitments.
"Once again for SKINDRED, an unscrupulous agenda adopted by a certain 'company' (who for legal reasons, must remain nameless at this point) has crippled our ability to bring our reputed live show to the United States. This, we want to assure you, is only a temporary setback. We have suffered a history of similar negligence in the past from various 'companies'; lesser bands have crumbled and disbanded in the face of such failures.
"Whilst we are furious that we have been rendered unable to tour the USA this time around, we remain adamant that current circumstances will not deter us from returning in the near future.
"As a band, and four individuals who live to tour and play music, please try to imagine our anger and growing frustration with this scenario. We want to play everywhere. We are not in the habit of pulling shows, whether it be in advance or at the last minute. Together with our team we put a huge amount of organisation and resources into our touring calendar; we do this to play shows, not cancel them. Disappointing our fans, fellow bands and organisers is not something we take lightly or want to do, ever. Cancellation is a last resort.
"We believe in this album and what it stands for. From the bottom of our hearts we want to thank those of you who have already picked up 'Kill The Power', and for supporting us even when the chips are down. All we can ask is for your patience and understanding in this time, while we work on a solution to these current problems.
"We thank you for your continued support, and hope that any disgruntled fans can appreciate that our hands are tied. We hope that you can be understanding, and we WILL see you soon."
SKINDRED's new album, "Kill The Power", was released simultaneously in Europe via Double Cross /Cooking Vinyl and Napalm Records and it was made available in North America on February 18 via Red River Entertainment, distributed by Sony/RED. The CD was recorded at The Chairworks studio in Leeds, United Kingdom with producer James "LeRock" Loughrey (PAGE & PLANT, FLUX PAVILION), who previously worked with the band on their 2011 album, "Union Black".
SKINDRED's distinctive mix of reggae, metal, punk and electronic has favored them throughout their career, having won Kerrang!'s Devotion Award and Metal Hammer's Golden God for Best Live Act in the past.
"Kill The Power" (song) video: